Since the latter half of the 20th century, urban areas across the United States have been the epicenter of gun-related crime. While some cities such as New York and Los Angeles have managed to stem violence considerably, other cities such as New Orleans, Baltimore, Detroit, and Chicago still deal with high murder rates, especially in poorer neighborhoods. For example, despite Chicago’s strict gun laws, many parts of the city are under siege from an epidemic of shootings that took the lives of over 500 people last year.
Over a 10 year period, the Chicago Police Department recovered over 50,000 guns and traced their origin of sale. Many came from outside the city, largely rendering its gun laws ineffective according to this infographic from the New York Times.
At today’s Monitor Breakfast, NRA President David Keene will join Washington journalists in a Q&A about gun violence in places like inner city Chicago or suburban Sandy Hook, Connecticut, as well as discuss the effectiveness of gun control in the United States. Keene flatly rejected a White House proposal on gun control earlier this month that included bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine.
In the lead up to Keene’s talk, consider the following debate from the Commonwealth Club, featuring Benjamin Van Houten of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Gene Hoffman of the Calguns Foundation. Both men join in a heated debate on whether or not national gun control legislation would be effective.